Since DH's heart attack a few weeks ago, we've been eating really well and sticking with a Mediterranean Diet approach. More recently a doctor friend suggested to DH he check out a cardiologist in south Florida (Dr. Chauncey Crandall), so we picked up his book "Fix It". Dr. Crandall presents his program to stop and even reverse heart disease. He says if you have a heart attack like DH did, where it is caused by an eruption of the artherosclerotic material, it indicates the plaque is unstable. So, among other things, he says what he has his patients do, with great success, is stick to his "Fix It" diet for 6 months, after which you return to a healthy, normal diet along the lines of the Mediterranean Diet.
The "Fix It" diet is, in his words, "a radical, six-month, plant-based, oil-free diet. This diet concentrates on eating whole grains, potatoes and other starches, legumes (beans), vegetables and fruit." He does allow a small amount of oil for cooking as well as a small amount of nuts, fat free dairy and egg whites. Also, calories are restricted to 1800 per day for a man.
So I'm just wondering if anyone else has tried anything like this. As he says, it's basically Dean Ornish's diet. It concerns me that it contains so little fat, but he says this approach cleans the body of unhealthy fats, promotes weight loss (which adds fat back into the bloodstream as your body burns body fat), and leads to stablizing your arterial plaque, reduces and stabilizes blood pressure as well as cholesterol, leading to being able to greatly reduce if not stop taking medications.
To provide an example of what one might eat in a day, I can say today DH had steel cut oats along with a half grapefruit and an egg white omelet with mushrooms, onion and roasted red peppers for breakfast. Lunch was fat free cottage cheese, celery and cantaloupe. And dinner is Curried Vegetables (butternut squash, rutabaga, carrots, onions and broccoli) served with brown rice and Mango Chutney. (If the dinner dish is good I'll post the recipe and a review in a separate thread. )
Lunch was a bit thin, but we had breakfast really late. On a normal day he would have needed a late afternoon snack that would likely contain nuts to hold him until dinner, or a greek yogurt based smoothie. It will be interesting to see how long we can stick with this and how he feels eating this way. I'm posting everything in a calorie counting program that will help me see how much protein/carb he's getting to ensure he's getting adequate protein.
If he actually does this for 6 months, I told him the Mediterannean Diet is going to feel like eating cheesecake!